Deputies from the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department respond to a 911 call regarding a collision between two vehicles on March 5, on John Puryear Drive and I-24. The 2004 Chevrolet pickup, driven by David English, was headed down Puryear Drive when he made a left hand turn onto the I-24 ramp, pulling into the path where, Jerry Henderson, was riding a 1999 Harley Davidson motorcycle. Henderson was taken to the nearest hospital for injuries he sustained during the crash.
Kentucky law provides that drivers on roadways owe a duty of care to other drivers and their passengers to operate their vehicles in a safe and reasonable manner. In order to prevail on a claim of negligence, passengers and drivers of other vehicles would need to assert and prove that the at-fault driver breached this duty by failing to operate his or her vehicle as a reasonably prudent driver would in similar circumstances. Recoverable damages could potentially include property damage, medical bills, lost wages, permanent disability, and pain and suffering.
While driver error appears to be the cause, a crash as serious as this one warrants a full investigation to determine if any other causes are at play, such as mechanical failure, shoddy maintenance, a poor repair job or defects in the vehicle itself. Hopefully, all of the involved individuals make quick and full recoveries. And hopefully the responsible party or parties have plenty of insurance coverage to make up for the harms and losses that have occurred.